Imperial College London

Emeritus ProfessorRogerHobbs

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Emeritus Professor



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405Skempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Despite retiring from the College in 2003, Professor Roger Hobbs still maintains an active part-time presence in the Department as a Senior Research Investigator. 

Professor Hobbs has been associated with Imperial for over 40 years, initially completing his BSc in Engineering and then his PhD here in the 1960s, before becoming a member of staff.  He served as Head of Department in the mid 1990s.  Throughout his career, Professor Hobbs has maintained close links with Industry, in particular with Tension Technology International and the major steel companies in the UK, Europe and the Far East.  He was also involved with the EU committee responsible for the early development of the steel Eurocode, EC3.  His extensive contributions to the fields of civil and structural engineering have been recognised by his peers with the awards of Fellowship in these institutions.

Professor Hobbs' areas of expertise include: Wire and high strength fibre ropes, including fibre and yarn buckling; Torsional properties of chain; Pipeline and plate upheaval buckling, and reliability-based design of submarine pipelines; plated structures; and (more generally) experimental and computational methods for structural mechanics.



Hobbs RE, Ridge I, 2018, A new estimate of the yarn-on-yarn friction coefficient, Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design, Vol:53, ISSN:0309-3247, Pages:191-196

Xie M, Chapman JC, Hobbs RE, 2008, A rational design model for transverse web stiffeners, Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Vol:64, ISSN:0143-974X, Pages:928-946

Liang, Y.H., Louca, et al., 2007, Corrugated panels under dynamic loads, International Journal of Impact Engineering, Vol:34, Pages:1185-1201


Kimura F, Hobbs RE, Wadee MA, 2007, Reliability assessment for the failure from the weld defects in pipelines considering the accuracy of flaw detection by AUT, ISOPE 2007, International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers, Cupertino, California, USA, Pages:951-956

Hobbs RE, 2006, Girdle me with steel, Symposium on Innovative and Sustainables Steel Construction Held in Honour ofd Patrick Dowling, ELSEVIER SCI LTD, Pages:1043-1046, ISSN:0143-974X

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